Poll Finds 60% of Brexit Voters Consider Gay Sex 'Unnatural'

A YouGov poll commissioned by UK LGBT+ news site Pink News has found that six in ten Brexit voters think sex between two men is not "natural”.

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The poll, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, revealed that a majority of those polled who voted to leave the European Union in 2016 felt that gay sex is “unnatural” (59 percent), with 68 percent of Brexiters saying that schoolchildren should not be taught about LGBT+ relationships.

Pink News reports that of the Remain voters, only 25 percent believe gay relationships aren’t “natural”, with 29 percent object to children learning about gay relationships in school.

The site points out a correlation between those who voted Conservative in the last election, and those Brexiters who expressed unfavourable opinions about gay people. Of the Tories polled, 61 percent said gay sex was not “natural”, while 73 percent of Labour voters and 78 percent of Liberal Democrat voters believe gay sex is fine.

“It is depressing that 50 years on from the Sexual Offences Act that so many people still think that gay sex is unnatural and that a third oppose gay couples having children”, said PinkNews’ Chief Executive Benjamin Cohen of the poll.

It has long been suggested that Brexit supporters would be likely to be anti-LGBT rights but now we know that there is a potential correlation with voting for Brexit and opposing gay rights.”

Figures in the immediate aftermath of the referendum seem to confirm the poll’s findings. Homophobic attacks in the UK rose by a staggering 147 percent in the three months following the Brexit vote.

In mid-2016, 187 LGBT+ people reported that they had been the victim of hate crimes in the three months that followed the referendum vote, compared with 72 in the same period in 2015.

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